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Perfect Pitch: The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business

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A professional "pitching coach" for one of the world's largest marketing conglomerates, Jon Steel shares his secrets and explains how you can create presentations and pitches that win hearts, minds, and new business. He identifies the dos and don'ts and uses real-world examples to prove his points. If you make pitches for new business, this is the perfect book for you.

288 pages, Hardcover

First published October 1, 2006

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4 reviews22 followers
August 22, 2008
This is not only an awesome resource on pitching and presenting, it helped me to refine my creative process across the board. Highly recommended.
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392 reviews
August 25, 2020
some good points/strategies for creating presentations are explained here that I'll surely keep in mind when making my own presentations. however, if presenters aren't at a certain skill level, I'm sure that using steel's tips would result in a somewhat gimmicky presentation designed to simply be different from the rest, and I wish the book had done more to address how to balance uniqueness with message. additionally, as the book was published in 2006, a lot of its positions on technology are a bit outdated; however, central messages remain clear. what I found most distasteful in this book was the casual tone the author used: though I have no doubt that steel is highly experienced, highly lauded, and highly skilled, attempts to establish credibility with reminders of this, only to follow up with self-deprecating jokes and overly informal speech, made the novel more difficult to read.
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48 reviews4 followers
January 9, 2019
The author explains how what lines should a good presentation follow in the first 2/3 of the book. He does this with help of concrete examples, which are really good.
In the last 1/3, he talks about the process of winning new businesses specifically in the advertisement industry. In my opinion with excelente insights about how to work in a team and preparing a presentation.
1 review3 followers
April 13, 2019
I used to really dread presenting and was terrible at it. Then a colleague and I vowed to improve our skills so we both read this book. We loved reading this book! I learned a lot about the mechanics of giving a good speech, preparation and a whole host of other things. It's definitely worth the time and effort.
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16 reviews
October 21, 2020
This is a book with awesome motivation for those who love marketing and want to slay it in this indsutry
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7 reviews
November 17, 2011
Perfect Pitch is probably the best book about presentations and presenting that I have ever read. Gets really to the core of any good presentation (crafting of an idea, developing a story around it, delivering the idea) instead of dealing only with creating the right "slides". That was probably my main problem I had with another book with the similar topic: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

The reason I haven't given this book five stars is twofold. First, I have read another book from the same author Truth, Lies and Advertising : The Art of Account Planning and I feel that this book partially covers the same topic, but is more insightful and even better written. Second, I was a bit disappointed by the last chapter about the London Olympic Games pitch. Yes, the presentation was good, but maybe too predictable, too full of cliché and too official in nature to give a proper ending to this otherwise great and readable book.
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55 reviews19 followers
June 19, 2011
I have yet to read a business book that really kept me engaged, which is why I couldn't give this 5 stars. The concept of this book is very solid and definitely transforms your ideas on presentations/pitches. A couple of my favorite small tid-bits:

- Don't say "we've got a great presentation for you"
- If your audience already knows something, acknowledge it and move on
- Use personal stories
- Don't always use Apple and Nike as your examples
- The data dump must be part of the process, not the presentation
- Consider a presentation without a computer
- Don't use PPT transitions
- Present as a team, not individuals (don't act uninterested when your co-worker is presenting, etc)
- Say no to a pitch if it isn't right. Especially if the client is being forced by another division, etc to go with you. It never ends well for anyone.
- Rehearse!
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25 reviews
September 20, 2009
this book is EPIC. everyone in business should read it. my prof at state, who taught law and business ethics, told me to read it. everything about it is a learning experience. i read it two times after the first and told my dad to read it. he read it and was blown away (mind you, he's read just about everything). he even emailed the author and thanked him for inspiring him to become a better businessman. he mentioned that his daughter (me) was graduating from msu in a few weeks that year. the author emailed back the next morning and didn't forget to say "tell betsy i give her my luck, not that she'll need it." unbelievable author. incredible read. it kicks the tipping point's ARSE.
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3 reviews
September 9, 2014
Excellent book on how to get over the nervousness and paranoia of presenting in front of small and large groups of people. This book teaches the idea that in order to reach an audience effectively, that you must use emotion. Also, great ideas on how to avoid being boring, knowing information/vs memorizing it, and how the big fish in the pond isn't always the survivor. Great read! What does everyone else think? What industry do you work? Or what points in the book have you found helpful?
Very curious to see everyone else's opinion?
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11 reviews6 followers
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August 29, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed Jon Steel's "Truth, Lies and Advertising" in the 1990s. It is perhaps the best first-person telling of what it'l like being an account planner at an advertising agency. While "Perfect Pitch" isn't about account planning or advertising strategy per se, it covers the most important tool in a planner's belt -- how to give a persuasive, un-boring presentation.
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226 reviews
September 21, 2011
Good read. There are some really insightful bits on preparing for a presentation, giving a presentations, and pitching in general. Jon Steel rights with a bit of sarcasm, which makes his books enjoyable. If you're in the advertising business, or you're in any business where you need to pitch or present, I highly recommend this one.
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38 reviews
March 30, 2009
Pretty good so far, as usual with consultants its more a case of being able to point to him in order to avoid making mistakes you already know are being made, but there is loads of great stuff about making an impact, avoiding idiocy etc.
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44 reviews2 followers
February 15, 2011
The Perfect Pitch is the art of presentation giving from an advertising perspective. Steel keeps using a lot of examples on his book, but they just fit into his writing.

This book is also great for creatives, refining the creative process while thinking on a pitch or a campaign.

Profile Image for Henry Manampiring.
Author 8 books987 followers
May 25, 2015
A very useful book if you work in advertising. If you don't but your life depends on presentation, it is still relevant half of the time. The universal learning ia how to become a more engaging and persuasive presenter of idea, and hence, more effective.
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22 reviews
April 18, 2007
Fantastic advice whether you're pitching or simply presenting.

Close your email and get to winning!
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5 reviews4 followers
October 23, 2008
THis guy Jon Steel is hilarious....it is a book on advertising pitches that can easily translate into any pitch
Profile Image for Katie.
550 reviews4 followers
September 22, 2008
Read as one of my first assignments for Cult Marketing. Very good and informative.
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54 reviews5 followers
June 16, 2009
First section on "Presentation Crimes" is mad engaging. Not an easy read at all, but every paragpraph makes you want to read the next..
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217 reviews3 followers
March 10, 2010
The art of presentation giving from an advertising perspective. Great examples, rules and interesting case studies on what makes presentations go from good to great.
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37 reviews
March 1, 2011
keeping in mind that self help (even of the business sort) are my least favorite kind of books, this one was good
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127 reviews34 followers
May 6, 2016
Excellent thoughts on what goes into a good presentation.
2 reviews
April 2, 2013
This books teach me how to tell history and specifically how to do this in the agency enviroment
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